Otra Vez: Once again, from the Beginning Public Deposited

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  • April 23, 2020
  • Arismendi, Valentina
    • Affiliation: Honors Carolina
  • My 2019 Burch Fellowship took me to the heart of Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. Throughout the summer, I worked with The Immigrant Story, a nonprofit storytelling organization which specializes in narrating stories about immigrants. Immigration is a touchstone in politics right now. With such high tensions in the media, I was set on changing that negative narrative surrounding incoming immigrants. I spent the summer immersing myself into the lives of immigrant families. I focused on immigrants who, since moving to America, have started small-businesses for their source of income. Though I wanted to get these stories to the public, I also wanted viewers to get a sense of what it is like to be an immigrant in the US today. My final project is an interactive site called Otra Vez, which means “again” in Spanish. The site puts the user in the shoes of an immigrant, so they too can make the decisions these immigrants once debated. With a topic that is so divisive and prevalent today, my hope is that users of the site learn of the overlooked difficulties most media outlets fail to share when they report on immigration. As an immigrant myself, I know not all stories can be told with just words. My project consists of a collection of multimedia stories to be used as qualitative research about immigrant-run small businesses.
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